The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure has honored Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District’s Pumping Station 15 with an Envision Gold award. It’s the first Envision Gold award for sustainable infrastructure in Wisconsin.
The location, in Marshall Park, has served as a pumping station since 1974. Originally, Pumping Station 5 served the area and was among the early connections to the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District. Today, the new Pumping Station 15 project serves Middleton and growing areas like Bishops Bay and the Town of Westport.
A key objective of the upgrades to the 1970s-era pumps and mechanical equipment was to reduce energy waste and consumption. The station’s energy consumption was cut by 20 percent with the installation of energy-efficient variable speed pumps and other advanced equipment. Additionally, solar panels provide the station close to 10 percent of its power needs.
Through collaboration with stakeholders, the station’s increased capacity can better serve the growing community. Much-needed facilities have also been installed – drinking fountains, restrooms, bike racks, a bike repair stand, an aquatic invasive species boat wash station, and the like. In addition to enhancements for the public, the station was awarded for its efficient use of resources, greater resilience, and stormwater management.
The ISI Envision rating system measures sustainable infrastructure projects in five categories: quality of life, leadership, natural world, resource allocation, and climate and risk. Learn more about Envision and ISI at sustainableinfrastructure.org.